Should Senior Citizens Be Able To Adopt Rescue Dogs? Here’s What Everyone’s Saying

By Linda Goldfarb | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-10-16

Grandma and Grandpa love dogs too. But the question remains, should senior citizens adopt rescue dogs? Check this out before you decide.

Let’s face it; rescue dogs make you feel good. No matter how old you are, biologically, dogs can keep you forever young. Typically, older pet owners have more time and funding to spend pampering their dogs. And, rescue companionship can offer them loyalty, joy, and unconditional love.

Loving rescue dogs don’t see their owners wrinkles or physical limitations. On the contrary, the dogs see us for what counts, a caring human who cares for them deeply.

Linda Anderson, the founder of Angel Animal Network, is passionate about animals, especially dogs. She shares, “Older pet owners have often told us how incredibly barren and lonely their lives were without their pet’s companionship, even when there were some downsides to owning an active pet.” 

Consider These Benefits For Senior Citizens Who Adopt Rescue Dogs

First of all, a dog offers senior citizens a sense of well being and independence, helping to prevent stress, depression, and loneliness. 

Accepting responsibility for another living creature, such as a rescue dog, can add new meaning and purpose to a senior’s life.

Caring for a dog who requires activities such as feeding, grooming, and walking helps people stay active, both mentally and physically. As a result, it enhances and increases the quality and quantity of life for senior citizens.

Adopting The Right Rescue Dog For Senior Citizens

Adopting the right type of dog can improve the lives of our elderly. Anyone choosing to take a rescue dog needs to understand the responsibilities of doing so. Commitment, financial and physical requirements and of course, time. Think about the following if you’re a senior looking to adopt.

1. Taking a rescue dog that has been in a foster home is one excellent way for seniors to get a dog whose energy levels and needs are better known. 

2. Another consideration is to work with a dog trainer or experienced rescue volunteer, to use their knowledge in selecting a pet that is more likely to be a good match.  

3. Adopt an adult or senior dog. You can then see the dog’s mature size, discover their temperament and energy level first hand, and you may adopt an already trained dog!

4. Avoid puppies. Their razor sharp teeth and high energy can be a medical challenge.

5. How many years do you have left to invest in your dog? Smaller dogs can live 15 years or longer, and even larger dogs are now living 12 years and more. Plus, accidents happen. Before acquiring a new pet, put in place a financial plan that will assure the care of your dog if you are temporarily or permanently unable to provide full or partial care. 

Are you ready? Are you over 70 and caring for a rescue dog? Tell us how you make it work!

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